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this morning on "early today" -- executive action. president obama announces a plan to help ease the burden of student loans. tables turned. surveillance video captures a store clerk taking matters into his own hands during an attempted robbery. and end of an era. a massive holdover from the u.s. and end of an era. a massive holdover from the u.s. cold war is no more. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with on the offensive. white house officials say president obama is ready to roll out the next arm of his we can't wait economic initiative in denver today with a plan to ease the burden on students and recent grads loaded down with debt. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on that and
the president's latest approval ratings. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this year we are expected to hit 1 trillion dollars in student loan debt in this country for the first time outpacing credit cards this year. today in colorado, at the university of colorado, president obama is expected to announce new rules that he calls pay as you earn. the government's already made concessions to lower student loan payments. this will allow students to consolidate old loans and newer loans into one payment, lowering the interest rate by half a percent and prevent a lot of people from going into default. college is still a good deal. the unemployment rate for college graduates still half that of the national average. what is this doing to the approval rating? about even. looks like in the latest poll he got a bump after announcing that
all of our troops would be home from iraq by the end of the year. >> thanks so much. and that same "new york times"/cbs news poll tracie was referencing, found americans are united on one front. dissatisfaction with congress. 9% approve of the job congress is doing. a whopping 84% disapprove. that's a 22% jump since republicans took control of the house back if january. when asked which gop presidential candidate they prefer, 25% chose businessman herman cain. one-time front runner mitt romney came in with 21% while texas governor rick perry has tumbled to 6%. also weighing in on the gop race, president obama. last night during his second appearance on "the tonight show with jay leno." >> now, have you been watching the gop debates? >> i'm going to wait until
everybody's voted off the island. >> really? >> once they narrow it down to one or two, i'll start paying attention. elsewhere, a newly released report on income levels in this country may shed some light as to why more and more frustrated americans are taking to the streets in protest. according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office, the disparity between how much money americans make has risen sharply over the past three decades. from 1971 to 2007, income for the wealthiest 1% nearly tripled, far outpacing income growth for all over groups. well, while the majority of demonstrations sympathizing with occupy wall street across the country have been largely peaceful, that was not the case yesterday in california. riot police in oakland used tear gas and flash bangs to disperse
anti-wall street protesters camped out in front of city hall fort past two weeks. the crowd had been ordered to disperse earlier in the day, but they later regrouped and marched back to city hall. at least 85 people were arrested. and now here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. a kentucky store clerk turned the tables on a would-be robber who threatened to kill him. the clerk was able to grab the suspect's gun and shoot him before he was able to escape. the suspect was arrested when police arrived. in kansas a tractor-trailer wreck on interstate 70 killed the driver of the wheel behind a semi. it took down a hanging sign post and shut down traffic in both directions for several hours before emergency crews were able to contain the spillage from the rig's tanker. the cause of the accident has not been determined. florida beachgoers stumbled upon a publicity stunt. the only question being, whose?
a 100-pound, 8-foot tall lego man with the words "no real than you are" on his front, at least appeared to have washed ashore. orlando's lego land denied any responsibility. similar statutes are turned up in england and holland. officials believe it may be the work of artist ego leonard. his name is on the back. get it? whose name is on the back of the statue. recent video shows one arizona couple who refused to wait for the dust to settle before starting their life together. look at that. they exchanged vows as a massive wall of dust crashed their september wedding. they will be featured on the "today" show to discuss their nuptials. for a look at your national and regional weather, here's bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. >> sandblasted. >> the dress? >> she was smiling and looked
beautiful. good morning, everyone. nothing like that today. we have a storm system moving up british columbia. that's really about it for the most part. as far as the tpi csgo, the hurricane down there is by far the worst right now. we will continue to watch that storm as it moves up towards cancun. it looks like south florida is going to be okay. not too bad. we will see some clouds and showers moving onshore. and of course down there in the deep south we could use some cooling off. 67 in vegavegas. that's a look atan diego.
flag staff, arizona, 54 and some showers. >> i refuse to let anything interrupt my weather. >> we will be right back. earnings do a u-turn and a woman prepares to take the helm at another american business giant. plus for years, you could say he led the dead, but now there is a new top earner from beyond. terrell owens wants to get back to the nfl. you're watching early today.
turkish state media is reporting an 18-year-old student has been pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building 61 hours after a 7.2 magnitude quake devastated the region. rescuers have been searching around the clock for survivors. at least 461 people have been killed. eight new york city police officers have been brought up on federal charges in an alleged gun-smuggling ring. the men are accused of taking part in schemes to illegal by transport guns, slot machines, cigarettes across state line. is five of the men were active duty is is is is officers. a former goldman sachs board member is expected to surrender to federal authorities today to face criminal insider trading related charges. rajat gupta is accused of providing information that allowed convicted former billionaire hedge fund manager raj rajaratnam to earn $1 million. former "60 minutes" commentator andy rooney has been hospitalized after developing
serious complications from minor surgery. the 92-year-old is said to be in stable condition. and in texas, the last of the most powerful b-53 bombs made by the u.s. in 1962 during the height of the cold war has been dismantled. the 10,000-pound bomb was 600 times more powerful than the one dropped on hiroshima. now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,706 after tumbling 207 points yesterday. the s&p dropped 25 points. the nasdaq sank 61. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei was down 13 points but in hong kong, the hang seng added 98. pessimism swept wall street tuesday as doubts about a european debt solution along
with weak data and corporate earnings sent stocks tumbles. for today's european finance summit, officials have vowed to announce a comprehensive solution for the region's debt crisis. but continued squabbling and tuesday's cancellation of a key meeting with finance ministers fueled fears euro leaders will once again come up empty. market was also dragged lower by october's consumer confidence unexpectedly plunging to its lowest level in 2 1/2 years. wall street's so-called fear index spiked 10%. adding to the negativity in earnings, 3m fell after missing profit expectations, blaming europe's debt crisis. u.s. steel sank almost 10% on concern over fourth quarter steel demand. delta slumped 5% after missing expectations. and cutting flights this quarter. u.p.s. fell on results showing
slowing growth in asia. and netflix plunged almost 35% a day after reporting a shocking loss of subscribers. ominous news after the bell. amazon.com sank on weaker than expected results due to heavy spending and a surprisingly sour outlook for upcoming holiday revenue. elsewhere, big blue is getting a little pink. ibm's global sales chief virginia rometty will take over as ceo in 2012. ford fell ten spots in "consumer reports" annual reliability survey, now ranking 20th out of 28 major brands. finally, a single seat on the first commercial flight of boeing's new 787 dreamliner was bought for more than $34,000 in a charity sale by japan's all-nippon airways. columbus actually wins a game and t.o. wants another go. plus, the hockey season may be just under way, but the chicago blackhawks look in midseason form. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. well, it's hard to believe,
cardinals are back home tonight looking to fend off elimination in the world series. if they can get on the field. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. tonight's game six of the world series could be a wet one. there's a 50% chance of rain in the st. louis area. if they can't get the game in, rangers and cards will play tomorrow night. nhl blue jackets looking for their first win of the year and found it against one of the best in the league, beat the red wins 4-1. ryan johansen banked his first goal off the goalie foot and in. columbus beat the red wings wings. no sidney crosby, no problem for pens, winning fourth straight. richard park gave the penguins the lead. spinorama and then to marion hossa and score a goal. a no-look pass to hossa. this went to a shootout and kane scores the winning goal. blackhawks beat the ducks 3-2.
sabres with a two-goal lead. malone with a breakaway goal. tampa winning their third straight 4-3. hurricanes and senators need aid shootout. jason spezza, nothing here, just a shot and a goal. ruutu scored to extend the shootout. million dollar move and a nickel finish. senators won it 3-2. terrell owens wants to get back to the nfl. problem is, nobody wants him. t.o. hit the field yesterday in what was supposed to be a workout for nfl teams. but not a single team showed up. 37-year-old recovering from off-season knee surgery and says he's ready to go, but right now he has nowhere to go, so he's going nowhere. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> ouch. coming up, an aging rocker takes a fall. and your daily lohan headlines. your early morning headlines in entertainment are straight ahead.
all the stormy weather is pushing through colorado and wisconsin. a little clipper storm is up in the northwest. by thursday that should be just fine. high pressure dominates cool and dry weather for tomorrow. if you are watching us in reno, see fascinating structures able to collect moisture from the air at the architecture of water in nevada. that is your pacific event of the day. now here's an early look at this morning's headline in entertainment. the king of pop is still the king when it comes to earners in afterlife. michael jackson leads forbes with deceased earners with $170 million over the last 12 months. elizabeth taylor, who died last march, joins the list this year in fifth place with $12, thanks mostly to her white diamonds perfume. for a rock festival, steven
tyler had cuts and lost two teeth after falling in a shower. they say he suffered from dehydration caused by food poisoning. access hollywood reports lindsay lohan is doing a "playboy" photo shoot. tmz reports she'll be paid close to $1 million. lohan's father michael was arrested again for domestic violence tuesday. police took lohan to the hospital after he complained of chest pains. they say he tried to bolt when he thought police had left, but
he was quickly arrested. and this comes to us from wcsh in portland, maine, where one man's amazing ride came to an end and another is beginning after he hit a major milestone. they call him million mile joe. amid elaborate fanfare his 1990 con da accord logged its 1 millionth mile. yes. equal to driving around the earth 40 times. monthly business trips pushed his odometer to the seven-figure plateau. the former mechanic who serviced car himself was given a new model in honor of his achievement. well earned there i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
found close to death, one rare little animal is now on the road to recovery. the hairy-nosed wombat was dehydrated and exhausted when it was found abandoned in australia. a volunteer who nursed him back to health says in 40 years he's only the third white wombat she's seen, named polar. caregivers plan to use him for educational purposes. well, athletes had nowhere to go but up in one competition in jordan. the world cup of climbing brought out hard-core enthusiasts from around the world. luckily for some, the competitors were connected to a harness as they made their way up an 82-foot tall wall to test speed and agility. climbers hope the event will promote the sport, which has little exposure in the country. in tennessee, a baby doll taken home for a school
assignment is being hailed a hero. a fire broke out in the family's home while the smoke detectors the life-like doll, programmed to make crying noises during the night, awoke the daughter, alerted the family. the house was completely destroyed but thanks to that doll, the family was spared. you know this doll was sort of sent home to teach kids what it would be like to take care of babies. of course, as you know, they wake up during the night. >> and it worked. >> luckily for that family. >> saved a family. usually it's the dog we thank but now the fake baby. >> so, it expands. well, now here's an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. in washington state, crews setting dynamite will blast a hole in the condit dam breaching the nearly 100-year-old structure. the 125-foot tall hydroelectric dam is being removed to restore a salmon habitat in nearby waters. today's blast is expected to release a huge surge of water carrying water downstream to the columbia river. in new york, veteran actress betty white will receive the broadcasting and cable hall of
fame's lifetime achievement award. the annual event honors pioneers, innovators and stars of the electronic arts. and secretary of state hillary clinton turns 64. all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news." finally, here's a look at what's coming up later today on the "today" show. hear more about what president obama had to say during his appearance last night on "the tonight show with jay leno." and funny man, eddie murphy talk s about teaming up with ben stiller in their new comedy "tower heist". keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today." just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. are a good one.